________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 20 . . . . May 29, 2009

cover Air War. (Crabtree Contact).

Antony Loveless.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2009.
24 pp., pbk. & hc., $10.95 (pbk.), $20.76 (hc.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-3834-3 (pbk.),
ISBN 978-0-7787-3812-1 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Air warfare-Juvenile literature.
United States.
Airforce-Juvenile literature.
Air forces-Juvenile literature.

Grades 4-8 / Ages 9-13.

Review by Ian Stewart.

*** /4

cover Tank Warfare. (Crabtree Contact).

Antony Loveless.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2009.
24 pp., pbk. & hc., $10.95 (pbk.), $20.76 (hc).
ISBN 978-0-7787-3838-1 (pbk.),
ISBN 978-0-7787-3816-9 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Tanks (Military science)-Juvenile literature. Tank warfare-Juvenile literature.

Grades 4-8 / Ages 9-13.

Review by Ian Stewart.

*** /4


During World War I, the military used trench warfare. This meant soldiers hid in trenches.

They had to climb out of the trenches and run across open land to attack the enemy.

This was called “going over the top.”

Very little territory was captured using trench warfare. Millions of soldiers were killed.

The British Army wanted a new way to capture enemy territory, they realized they needed a vehicle that could move over rough ground, fire at the enemy, and protect the soldiers inside.

The tank was developed very quickly.

In less than three years, the tank rolled onto the World War I battlefields. The invention of the tank helped to end the war. (From Tank Warfare.)

During a war, soldiers on the ground need protection. They need protection from enemy planes.

The air force shoots down enemy planes.

Sometimes, it bombs enemy planes on the ground before they can take off……

When not at war the air force’s job is to stop attacks on civilians.

An enemy attack could come from enemy aircraft or from terrorists.

Air forces also help people affected by natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. (From Air War.)

These two books take young readers into the cockpits of the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft and into the hulls of main battle tanks. Both are packed with information on the capabilities of these ultra-modern weapons of war. Readers learn about the strategic uses of these two primary weapons in the arsenals of the British and American armed forces. As well, they get a picture of the tactics pilots and tank commanders’ use in the sky and battlefields to overcome the enemy and how they are used to help civilian populations in time of crisis.

     What makes these books different from many of the others is their extraordinary photographic illustrations. Readers get a vivid sense of what it would be like to fly in an USAF F15-E Strike Eagle, a Royal Air Force Typhoon F-2 or sit inside the hull of an M1 Abrams tank as it speeds across the Iraqi or Afghani desert.

     The books contain a glossary of Need-to-Know Words, on-line resources and an index. These books would be a useful addition to any elementary school or classroom library collection.


Ian Stewart teaches at David Livingstone School in Winnipeg, MB.

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